I am looking for an idiom or a phrase to denote the situation where someone is unfairly taken advantage of (Ex: Gets a lot of work dumped on his lap on a Friday evening like Harold in Harold and Kumar series) because that someone is nice and does not say no. In my mother tongue there is a usage for this; when translated verbatim it sounds like this "keep on digging where it is wet" - is there something similar in English?

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    The usual expression is take advantage of. It doesn't need to carry the sense of exploitation / manipulation, but very often does. – Edwin Ashworth Mar 17 '15 at 9:54
  • also, this type of person is often a "yes" man. – Erich Mar 17 '15 at 10:25
  • @EdwinAshworth does take advantage of provide enough negative connotations here - its surprising that there are no common idioms.. – ring bearer Mar 18 '15 at 16:18
  • In context, certainly. So does the slang 'take someone for a mug'. If someone is trying to exploit you, the usual comeback is 'What did your last slave die of?' – Edwin Ashworth Mar 18 '15 at 17:47

You could say that others "run rough-shod," over the nice guy, or, bulldoze him - although the latter usually refers to convincing the subordinate that it was their responsibility in the first place.

  • Hey there, Old Bag! +1 – user98990 Mar 17 '15 at 10:32

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